Our Spring 2017 Availability List is Ready!

Ok, here it is, our SPRING 2017 CATALOGUE is now available! Find the catalogue on our website: http://www.fernwoodplantnursery.ca/…/Fernwood-Collection_20… This is our largest offering to date and I’m pretty excited about some of the new fern varieties in our collection. Your feedback is appreciated. Order online early – there are small numbers of some varieties. A note to those close enough …

Summer Tales: Castles & Cultivars

The Victorians LOVED ferns, finding or creating hundreds of cultivars of their own native ferns. While horticultural fashions change, the legacy of Pteridomania remains strong in the UK. In early July I traveled to the English Lake District to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the British Fern Society. With members world-wide, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow fern enthusiasts from UK, Europe, Mexico, the US and Australia. Together we spent a week …

May 14th – Getting Ready for our First Open Nursery Day!

Many of you know that Fernwood is located at my home in Hubbards, NS. I described the nursery’s humble beginnings in a backyard cold frame as part of my first post on this new website. Because our semi-rural neighbourhood is zoned “residential” we needed to apply for a development agreement even to have that. After a 1 1/2 year application process we …

Ferns of the Acadian Forest Region

A while ago I was inspired by a walk through my neighbourhood to write about the ferns common in my area. With Acadia University’s Native Plant Sale happening in just one month on May 7th, I’d like to expand the scope and explore the broader diversity of ferns in Nova Scotia. There are over 40 native species here, plus a slightly-confounding array of hybrids,

Read our first newsletter & a chance to WIN FERNS!

With spring officially here many a gardener’s attention is drawn to the beauty of the season, but also the garden tasks that await. For some of us on the “slightly behind schedule” side of things this means a good clean-up. Take heart, what sounds like a chore is a joy when it comes to ferns. In that spirit, this first issue of Fernwood News …

Getting the Most From Your Mail-Order Nursery Purchases

With the growth in the numbers of web-based plant nurseries gardeners’ choices have expanded as well. In addition to concerns about security and privacy, issues such as quality and cost are important considerations. So what’s a desperate, and sometimes covetous gardener to do to get the best value from their mail-order nursery purchases? Here’s a few suggestions:

The Gender of Ferns

When speaking to groups about ferns I often get asked if there are separate male and female plants. In botanical parlance this arrangement is called “dioecious.” Holly is an easily recognizable example. The simple response “no” usually generates follow-up questions related to the naming of ferns like “why are some called ‘lady ferns’ and others ‘male ferns’?” This confusion about gender is compounded by descriptions of fern …

Who are the Ferns in Your Neighbourhood?

For me studying ferns began at home or, more accurately, in the neighbourhood around my home. To learn about ferns you don’t need to visit a botanical garden, university herbarium, or natural history museum. A short walk around your own neighbourhood may surprise you with a number of easily recognizable species. To help, there are easy-to-use resources available for figuring …

Welcome to Fernwood 2.0!

Fernwood 1.0 Fernwood Plant Nursery began in 2010 as a testing ground for the hardiness and garden-worthiness of ferns for northern gardeners. Since that time it has also been a personal learning ground for the many challenging aspects of the production of ferns from spores. Along the way there’s been much trail-and-error but also the greatly appreciated support of more experienced growers, locally …